Denise Goldberg's blog

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

waiting, watching

This little chipmunk stood perfectly still as I watched, hoping he would agree to pose for my camera. He did!

waiting, watching, a chipmunk ready to run!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

painted

It feels too early to me. It's mid-September, a full week before the autumnal equinox, and I'm starting to see brightly colored leaves. The change in the weather normally lags the calendar dates but this season seems to want an early start.

Early or not, I always enjoy nature's painted leaves.

painted leaves

Monday, September 15, 2014

changes

It's the season of change.

We're just a week away from the autumn equinox; it feels like subtle changes can be seen and felt everywhere. The trees have changed from a vibrant growing season green to green tinged with rust, flowers are losing color, and the temperature is bouncing from chilly nights to somewhat warmer days.

Fall is in the air.

a sign of the season, colors changing to brown

Comfort has already dictated a return to flannel sheets, and my new fireplace chased a chill from the room for me late Saturday afternoon. (I know... it's a bit early for the fireplace, but it's so comfortable!)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

patterns

The tide direction had just switched to incoming when I started walking on Crane Beach today. There was a broad swath of sand decorated with patterns created by water.

It was beautiful.

patterns of water at low tide

A few more photos from today's walk on the beach can be seen in the gallery Crane Beach 2014 starting with this photo and ending here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

a walk in the woods

The temperature today felt a bit nippy (for September), the sky was covered in layers of gray clouds.

I chose to head to Maudslay State Park this afternoon for a brisk walk in the woods. The leaves are still predominantly green though there are sections that seem to be wearing a bit of brown with an occasional bit of red popping out. There were still flowers in the gardens and wildflowers in the woods, a nice spot of color.

a solo clover blossom

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

a splash of color

I love being able to walk to gardens that are wearing flowers in beautiful colors.

opening, showing a mixture of colors

Monday, September 08, 2014

strawflowers

Funny, I never knew that living strawflowers already look like they have been dried!

beauty in strawflowers

Sunday, September 07, 2014

frog, painted

There's a small pool in the rose garden at the Stevens-Coolidge Place. There are lily pads, and on some days there are frogs sitting and sunning. Today there were three frogs enjoying the pond, one perched on a lily pad, the other two popping their heads up then disappearing when they realized they were not alone.

I was lucky to meet this frog, a beauty with golden circles surrounding his eyes and gold stripes down his very green body.

frog posing... and what wonderful eye

Saturday, September 06, 2014

wild!

Wow - the storm that just blew through here was wild!

I headed out for a late afternoon walk under skies that still wore white fluffy clouds against a bright blue background. I wasn't quite at my planned "turn for home" spot when a man standing by his house called out to me. He told me there was a tornado warning, suggesting that I head home. I thanked him and decided that turning towards home would be smart.

There was still some visible blue in the sky but the clouds grew dark. I heard the rumble of thunder and saw the flash of lightening. I walked faster.

The rain started when I was a short two blocks from home. In the last block a driver pulled over, stopped, and told me she would be happy to drive me home; the rain was coming down hard enough at that point that it was difficult to see. I thanked her, telling her that I lived in the condos on the other side of the fence. It's nice to have people show they care, isn't it?

Home again, I switched from dripping to dry clothes, dried the floor (from my traipsing through wearing very wet clothes!), and settled in. I closed one set of windows to stop the driving rain from entering, leaving the others open.

I watched the driving rain, listened to the downpour and the thunder, saw the flashes of lightening. I love watching wild storms, especially when I know I am in a safe spot.

What an awesome storm!

before the rain

It was a hot and muggy day, with the forecast calling for late day (severe) thunderstorms.

I managed to get a bike ride in before the temperature rose to an uncomfortable level, then decided to head for the New Hampshire coast to do some walking. I chose the boat launching area at Odiorne Point State Park as my wandering spot, walking through the woods and onto the somewhat rocky shore line of the Piscataqua River. I continued walking until I heard the sound of distant repeating thunder. The sky was still showing blue but continued thunder led me to jump onto a trail that headed in the direction of my car. I chatted with someone on the trail who had just heard there were severe thunderstorms in Exeter, a bit inland from our current location. I walked faster, arriving at my car before the rain started.

I thought about waiting out the rain but knowing there was a forecast for late day thunderstorms I turned back toward home.

a mid-tide view, Odiorne Point State Park